Why not give Sweet the bump up to the Big Leagues? He has been a minor league manager for 21 years, and has suffered 9 losing seasons. He has been in Louisiville since 2005 and has only suffered one losing season. Dusty Baker has been at the helm for two dreadful seasons.
There are some other things that should be remembered. Rick Sweet may not have the temperament to handle Big League egos. Some say that sunk Dave MIley. Another thought that should be remembered. Dave Miley had a similar resume to Rick Sweets. Also the Reds very own third base coach won the Southern League Manager of the year in 1996.
I think Rick Sweets accomplishments have earned him a promotion, but I don't know how much of an improvment he would be over Bob Boone, Dave Miley, Jerry Narron, Pete McKannin, or Dusty Baker. But he would be a cheap replacment when Dusty is inevitably fired next season.
The Reds may also feel that Sweet has reached his comfort zone, and don't want to lose and excellent AAA manager. The organization may feel that Sweet does an excellent job of helping develop young baseball players, and promoting him means they have to replace him. Never be too good at your job, or your won't get promoted. f course that is a little different in professional baseball because he can go else where if an organization wants him to be on a Major League coaching staff. Plus if they promote him and he fails at the big league level, he is out of the organization for good, much like Dave Miley.
But I gotta believe that next year is time for Dusty to put out, or he is out. Who do you want to see in Cincinnati come opening day 2011?